Old Wisdom by Linda Sparks

This Maori priest in Auckland, NZ is also a Viet Nam veteran. He spoke to our tour group, explaining Maori history and their cultural and sociatal responsibilities. He endured these tattoos on his face (and other parts) done in the old way with a pointed stick and a mallet when he assumed his duties as a priest. The marks on one side of his face represent his mother’s heritage, the other side represents his father’s.
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After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    November 27, 2011

  • Thanks so much for the feature

    – Linda Sparks

  • madworld
    madworldover 3 years ago

    Nice work, congrats on your features

  • Thanks a bunch

    – Linda Sparks

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

    FEATURED on 11 December 2011

  • Thanks so much for the Feature

    – Linda Sparks

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and write, such a proud looking man!

  • Thanks so much

    – Linda Sparks

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 3 years ago



  • Thanks so much. I enjoy taking remarkable faces out of their environment and showcasing their inner qualities.

    – Linda Sparks

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 3 years ago

  • Many thanks. Glad you liked this fellow.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 3 years ago

    30 Dec 2011
    Amazing image Linda.

  • Thanks so much. Kingi is a pretty amazing guy.

    – Linda Sparks

  • patjila
    patjilaabout 3 years ago

    That is charism…such an expression, very special….fave Linda!

  • Thanks. He was fascinating to listen to.

    – Linda Sparks

  • steppeland
    steppelandabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! This fabulous work is now featured in our Permanent Features Gallery PAINTED FACES – Great work! Congratulations! (Jan.19, 2012)

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